Thursday November 10, 2016

A Post-Election Message

By Eric Spina

University of Dayton President Eric Spina offers post-election reflections in a message to the campus community.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

One of the great strengths of the University of Dayton is our welcoming, inclusive community, which is grounded in our Catholic, Marianist mission. In the wake of this deeply contested election, some members of our campus community have expressed apprehension about the future. 

A political change — indeed any change — brings uncertainty. In spite of that uncertainty, each of us as a member of this community must still strive to live out our Marianist values every day and work toward creating a more inclusive community that welcomes all people. All peopleAll people, no matter their race, gender, national identity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, faith, or other identity. It is what our University community expects, it is what our Marianists expect, it is what I expect as president.

We are all called upon to respect the dignity of every person and to work together to strengthen our sense of community. Now, more than ever, let us make an effort to engage each other, regardless of political views or identity, with respect, support and empathy.  

For those who may wish to talk about or report concerns, please know support and services are always available in person or by telephone through a number of University offices. Phone numbers and locations of a few key offices are listed below. Please, do not hesitate to reach out. 

The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of American democracy and is especially important following a divisive election cycle. It is also our tradition to pray for the president-elect, in particular that he acts with wisdom, seeks to heal wounds, and leads our nation to greater justice and prosperity for all of us, especially those who have been marginalized. We pray, as well, for our current president and all elected officials as they support this important transition in power.

In the coming days, additional opportunities to engage in dialogue, discussion and community will be available, including Prayers of the HEART at 12:15-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, around the Peace Pole between the Chapel and St. Mary's Hall. 

The work of this great university — to educate for service, justice and peace — continues and must include the full, rich diversity of all members of our community. Our identity as a special place where all are welcome can be a place of comfort in uncertain times. Our commitment to community requires nothing less. 

Blessings and comfort to each of you, and may God bless the United States of America,

Eric F. Spina
President

Campus Ministry, Liberty Hall, 229-3339 
Center for International Programs, Rike Hall, 229-3514
Counseling Center, Gosiger Hall 1st Floor, 229-3141
Dean of Students Office, Gosiger Hall, 229-1212
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, St. Mary's Hall 206, 229-4073
LGBTQ+ Support Services, Gosiger Hall 207, 229-1215
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Alumni Hall, 229-3634
Public Safety, Fitz Hall 195, 229-2121
Title IX and Equity Compliance Office, St. Mary's Hall 300, 229-3615
Women's Center, Alumni Hall 2nd Floor, 229-5390

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